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Italian Language Foundation

Welcome to the website of the Italian Language Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting and sustaining Italian language education, especially AP Italian, in the United States. Our officers and advisors include members of national educational organizations, all of whom have a deep-seated commitment to education and the language and culture of Italy.

We are committed to making AP Italian successful, now that it has been reinstated.

The Italian Language Foundation isthe a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation qualified by the Internal Revenue Service to receive tax deductible contributions. Join us in learning about Italian language and culture studies.

Look for the upcoming two-day intensive institute for teachers of Italian to prepare them for the teaching of AP Italian.

Attention Student Members - Dante Award for Excellence

We are pleased to announce that once again, the Italian Language Foundation will be offering the Dante Award for Excellence in AP Italian Language & Culture! Students of AP Italian who are members of the Italian Language Foundation and enrolled in an American or Canadian high school will be eligible to receive the Dante Award for Excellence. Students who score a 3 on the exam will receive a $75 award, students who score a 4 will receive a $100 award, and students who score a 5 will receive a $200 award. Please be sure to join the Italian Language Foundation as a member!

If you plan to take the AP Italian exam on May 11th, 2016 and wish to be considered for the Dante Award for Excellence, please visit the following link to the College Board’s Score Reporting Services to find out how to send us your AP score report using our college code (7202). College Board score report requests can be sent online, as well as by mail or fax.

The Italian Language Foundation cordially invites you to an evening of celebration honoring:

Louis Tallarini

Recipient of the Dante Award

Thursday April 21, 2016
8 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021
Cocktails served 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Program begins at 7:00 p.m.
Please RSVP by March 28th, 2016

For more information, contact Antonella Recchia 212-249-9923 x212
TICKETS (Payment must be made prior to admission)
Teacher of Italian $100.00
Galileo Donor $250.00
Montessori Donor $500.00
Michelangelo Donor $1,000.00
Da Vinci Donor $5,000.00
Dante Donor $10,000.00
Tax-deductible contributions welcome


Teachers of Italian who are members of the Italian Language Foundation are eligible to participate in free workshops (pay only for refreshments and materials). The ACTFL OPI is being offered to teachers of Italian, courtesy of the Italian Language Foundation. If you are a teacher of Italian at the middle or high school level, please join the Italian Language Foundation to be eligible for these enriching professional development opportunities!

The Italian Language Foundation is pleased to offer tuition-free workshops for our teacher members. Sponsored by the Italian Language Foundation, these ACTFL (American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages) full-day workshops are for teachers of Italian at all levels. See below for outline, locations, and dates.

Outline of the Workshop:

*        Understanding characteristics of language needed to move from novice to the intermediate range and from intermediate to the advanced range of performance

*        Designing instruction and assessment to prepare students to reach higher levels of performance

*        Developing literacy strategies across the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational)

Cost:  The workshop is presented through the generosity of the Italian Language Foundation; participants pay a $25 fee for refreshments and materials.

To register:

If you have not yet renewed your teacher membership in the Italian Language Foundation, please do so via this link for a nominal fee of $25.

We look forward to having you participate in these workshops, which will enhance your teaching of Italian.

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Latest News 16 November, 2015

2015 was a banner year for AP Italian! The number of students taking the AP Italian exam rose significantly from 2,457 recorded last year. With the support and advocacy of the Italian Language Foundation, the College Board's goal of 2,500 test takers has been exceeded. In May 2015, 2,573 students of AP Italian took the AP Italian exam.

The number of AP Italian students is growing, and we encourage you all to apply for the Dante Award for Excellence. Bravo!

Students of AP Italian for the 2015-2016 academic year must register for Membership for the Dante Award.  Membership is free for students.

ATTENTION ALL TEACHERS OF HIGH SCHOOL ITALIAN: In February and March 2016, two weekend professional development workshops will be offered free of charge to teachers in Connecticut and Massachusetts to prepare them to teach AP Italian. Details will follow shortly.

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Date of the exam
The College Board has published the date of the AP Italian Language and Culture Exam on its web site; it is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 12:00 PM.
It is not possible to take the exam on dates different from the one indicated by the College Board.
For more information see:

Home Schooled Students: How to take the exam.
All students interested in the Italian AP exam who have not attended an AP Italian course can take the exam following these steps:
1. Exams must be ordered and administered in schools approved by the College Board:
2. Students should contact AP Services no later than March 1st to obtain contact information for approved schools;
3. Student should be in contact with the school in which they want to take the exam no later than March 15th;
4. For all related questions, students should contact AP Services:
Phone: 888 225-5427 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) or 609 771-7300

For more information see: